Glastonbury Festival, set for June 24-28 and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has been cancelled amid coronavirus concerns.
“We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival,” wrote organizers Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement. “Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.”
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June,” the statement continued. “But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.”
The festival also stated that ticketholders can apply for refunds on their deposits, or they can roll over the deposit and guarantee an opportunity to purchase a ticket to Glastonbury 2021.
Last week, on Mar. 13, Glastonbury announced its first wave of artists; in an Instagram post regarding the timing of the lineup announcement, Emily Eavis said: “No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth.” Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Diana Ross and Kendrick Lamar were set to headline the event.
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